MNN’s Ruth Kramer traveled to Indonesia last week with Asian Access as they celebrated 50 years of ministry with Jubilee in Jakarta. Kramer shares her reflections.
Indonesia (MNN) — It’s not every day that you can mark a jubilee in ministry by snowball growth, but that’s what is happening to Asian Access (A2). I’ve spent the last few days with them, not only celebrating what God’s doing through them, but also hearing about big dreams for the future. Between 1967 and 2001, A2 was in pioneering mode. They had a call from a Japanese pastor to come and train their church leadership to help them figure out a strategy to multiply churches. Laying the groundwork was painstaking, but well worth-it when, in 2002, believers in Mongolia asked A2 to come alongside their church leaders. From there, came requests from Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, and several creative-access Southeast Asian nations — with the newest cohorts being trained in the Philippines next week...
Asia (MNN) — What does the phrase ‘Jubilee in Jakarta’ bring to mind? Certainly, a celebration…probably one in Indonesia. You’d be right on both counts. Asian Access (A2), a ministry dedicated to leadership development and church planting in Asia, is marking what God has done with the initial vision of empowering pastors in Japan 50 years ago. A2’s Noel Becchetti shares, “The immediate, exciting stuff going on for Asian Access is next week…we have two new countries beginning.” What started in Japan has grown into core leadership partnerships with a dozen other nations, including the newest in the Philippines. At the same time, Becchetti explains, an orientation session is launching in a creative-access South Asian nation, “which means by early summer, the new class will be fully involved in its course material.” The commitment from A2 is...
"Praise God for the gifts he's given Asian Access through its fifty years of faithfulness: the gifts of relationships, respect, wisdom and understanding that cross bridges, opens doors and welcomes people into the family of God."
Mrs. Pam Chun
Co-Founder and Vice President, Hawaiian Island Ministries
"For Asian Access the words 'cultural sensitivity' do not denote a slogan, but a lifestyle. Without ever minimizing or compromising the good news we all proclaim, they have made it accessible, available, and understandable to millions. This is a work for which I am grateful and truly privileged to endorse."
Dr. Clive Calver
Teacher, Author, and Interational Speaker;
also former Senior Pastor, Walnut Hill Community Church and former president, World Relief
"There are plenty of ministries to help Christian leaders develop their skills. What sets Asian Access apart is a focus on the transformation of a leader’s soul. A2 holds an integrated vision of life and leadership that refuses to separate a person’s calling in the world from his or her communion with Christ. By targeting this deeper level of existence, Asian Access equips leaders with a new vision of faithfulness and not merely new tools of effectiveness."
Mr. Skye Jethani
Author, Speaker, Consultant and Pastor. Former senior editor for Leadership Journal